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Dons Battle Back From 17-Points Down To Beat Beavers 64-62

Dec. 2, 2007

Box Score

CORVALLIS, ORE. - On the night when senior Dominique Carter passed Joy Boyenga for sixth on San Francisco's all-time career list, it was Carter's bucket with five seconds left which capped a 17-point comeback victory against the Beavers Sunday night. Carter finished with 28-points in a 64-62 Dons' win.

San Francisco now has a 4-4 record, while the Beavers are now 4-2. It's the earliest USF has had four victories since 2004-05 and the Dons' have three road wins in the first weeks of the season for the first time since 1996-97. USF last defeated a Pac-10 opponent in 2001-02, a 55-52 win over California at War Memorial Gym.

"Achieving all of that this early in the season, I can't emphasize what that means for our program," Head Coach Tanya Haave said. "It was a great win for us and our conference. I'm just really happy for our players and staff. We had players make plays and we fought to the bitter end."

Oregon State led 36-22 at halftime and opened their biggest lead with the score 42-25 and 16:31 left in regulation. The Dons cut the lead to 11 on three separate occasions during the second half. But it was with 3:07 on the clock Heidi Heintz found a driving Necolia Simmons for a lay up to make it 60-50 and start the fire. Heintz then stroked home a three point to cut the Beaver lead to seven at 2:52.

The Dons continued to press hard with unanswered buckets from Carter and Simmons. Shay Rollins gained possession of a loose ball and then made a three to tie the score at 62-62 with the clock at 0:34.

OSU turned over the ball to hand USF the final opportunity. Following a USF timeout, \the Beavers almost came up with a steal, knocking the ball out of Heintz' hand. Heintz remained composed, regained hold and passed to Carter for the bucket.

Carter travels home with 1,414 career points surpassing Boyenga by hitting a mid-range jumper at the 1:55 mark in the first half of Sunday's contest. The Tracy, Calif., native was 10-for-15 from the field, 4-for-5 from three and had five rebounds.

Heintz had 10-points, six rebounds for the Dons. Senior Lisa Olden collected nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

"Dom took the team and put them on her shoulders," Haave said. "Every day she's getting better in practice and on the court. Since I've been here this has to be her best overall game on both ends of the floor."

Oregon State's high scorer was Ashley Allen with 17. Brittney Davis had 13, Talisa Rhea 12 and Tiffany Ducker 11 points, nine rebounds.

The Dons shot 59-percent after halftime including 5-for-5 from behind the arc, much improved from a 34.8 clip in the first half. The final tally had USF shooting 47-percent from the field, 53.8-percent from behind the arc.

San Francisco capitalized on eight Oregon State turnovers in the second half, scoring on the following possession each time. After having nine turnovers entering the latter half, USF had two. For the game, the Beavers had 15 turnovers to USF's 11.

The Dons now open a five-game home stand starting with Sacramento State Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT.